US tv series (1997-1998; vt Project Sleepwalker). Columbia TriStar Television for the NBC-TV network. Created by David S Goyer and Stephen Kronish. Executive producer: Goyer. Directors included Lee Bonner, William Malone, David Nutter and Kristoffer Tabori. Writers included Sara B Charno, Stephen Gaghan, Jonathan Robert Kaplan and David A. Weinstein. Cast includes Abraham Benrubi, Bruce Greenwood, Jeffrey D Sams, and Naomi Watts. Nine 60-minute episodes. Colour.
Dr Nathan Bradford (Greenwood) has founded the Morpheus Institute to help patients suffering from recurrent nightmares and other sleep-related disorders; former US Air Force pilot Ben Costigan (Sams) approaches him for help with such dreams. Bradford has devised a method of entering and interacting with people's dreams through electronic "dream beds" which facilitate this Dream Hacking, carried out by Bradford's "Sleepwalkers" team – initially comprising Vincent Konefke (Benrubi) and Kate Russell (Watts), who are joined by Costigan after the resolution of his own difficulties. The team's adventures range from Kate being trapped within the dreams of a dying serial killer to the problem of a Horror author – perhaps based on Stephen King – whose nightmares of being strangled by the Monster from his latest novel are linked to the appearance of another (dead) man's name on the novel manuscript seen by the dream investigators. Ratings for Sleepwalkers were low, causing NBC to air episodes #5-#7 on the west coast of the US only; #8 and #9 were not broadcast in the US. [GSt/DRL]
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